It is often said that December is the most wonderful time of the year. Many individuals and families look forward to the yuletide season, while others anticipate the end-of-year holiday to cap the year.
However, given the season’s hype and demand, along with the overhang of the pandemic it’s easy to get stressed and anxious. For example, if you’re miles away from your family, you may start feel sad because you cannot reunite with them. If you’re an office worker, you might be stressing over meeting deadlines. On top of that, you may be worrying about all the expenses that come with the preparations and gift-buying.
If you want to make sure that you can keep your mental health stable during the holidays, we’ve prepared a five-step self-care guide for you to follow:
- Be real and authentic
It’s easy to get enticed and influenced by holiday commercialization. As you watch the TV and check your social media accounts, you’ll be bombarded with lots of noises during the holiday. Businesses will tell you to purchase their new products, and there’s never a shortage of gift ideas! But remember, it pays to be real and authentic! You don’t necessarily have to keep up with the season just because everyone else is doing so. Just make do with what you have and focus on more important things, such as peace, happiness, love, and family.
- Acknowledge your emotions
As early as now, you may be feeling lonely, anxious, and stressed. It can weigh on you, thinking that you won’t be able to spend Christmas and the New Year with your family due to the pandemic. You may also be anxious about buying gifts, keeping up with all the expenses, or finishing a pile of tasks before the holiday. If you find yourself buried in your emotions, be sure to acknowledge what you feel so that you won’t get overwhelmed and find ways to appease yourself.
- Reach out to your loved ones, family, and friends
The yuletide season is meant to be spent with family, friends, and loved ones, right? But if you’re away from them, the best way to celebrate the end of the year is to reach out to them. With today’s technological advancements, you can easily have a chat or video call with them, making you feel as if they’re just around. It’s certainly not perfect, but it’s better than nothing.
- Make time for yourself
Don’t forget to take time for yourself for some peace and solitude. If you’ve been busy with work and did not have time for anything else, now is the right moment to have all that. This is why it’s good to relax during the holiday, reflect on how the year was, plan for the coming year, and prepare for what lies ahead.
- Spread love and positivity
There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than to spread love and positivity. Sure, you may feel stressed and overwhelmed, but it’s best to focus on what you can still offer to others around you, which are love and positivity. Share with others what you have, whether time, money, or service, and always be positive because it is highly contagious!
Although you may feel stressed, anxious, or alone during this time of year, you now have a few ways to uplift yourself. All it takes is to be real and authentic, acknowledge your emotions, reach out to your loved ones, family, and friends, have time for yourself, and spread love and positivity.
If everything is too much to bear for you, then it’s best to seek professional help. Ultimately, it’s a wonderful feeling to cap off the year with peace, genuine happiness, and the utmost positivity that you deserve!
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